So busy at work right now. When I’m back home I’m just too tired to do anything creative. Instead I’m playing computer games and watching The night manager. Two more days until the weekend… Hopefully the creative juices will start flowing again by then.
So I started playing Metal Gear Solid V, The Phantom Pain today. The intro is BONKERS. It’s one hour of shaky cam and cut scene bonanza. You start out having to crawl SLOWLY through bloody hospital floors while Keifer Sutherland in bandages urges you to hurry the fuck up. At the end you’re riding bareback through the woods while chased by some crazy ass fire god on a burning unicorn.
So this track I’ve been working on and off for a couple of weeks kind of took off today when I introduced a sound from my Access virus. The arpeggio on this thing really is amazing. So easy to make interesting melodies. The old Virus has more or less become my go to synths for the melodic stuff in my tunes.
It’s been a pretty intense week at work so I haven’t really had much energy left in the evenings to do music and such. I have a few seeds of tracks that I continue to work on whenever I feel like it so hopefully I can get something done this weekend. I also should get going with installing that Nintendo Gameboy amp mod I bought…
Yesterday I got a little package from my favorite online shop Thonk. It was the DIY version of the 4ms Rotating Clock Divider. It’s a clock devision device for my modular. It will replace my Doepfer A160, which is cool but doesn’t fit all my needs.
There have been a lot of new exciting products this year but so far only one that truly trigger my GAS. I’m talking of course about the first synth from Behringer, the DeepMind 12. Just listen to this new demo, showcasing just a few of the things this beast can do.. wow! And then there’s the recommended price for it. $999. Wow again.
SOMA was released over a year ago, so as usual I’m a bit late to the party. I grabbed this game at the latest Steam summer sale but haven’t started it until now for some reason. SOMA was developed by Frictional Games, a team of indie-developers that happens to be located in my old hometown Ängelholm, in the south Sweden. These guys of course also did the hugely successful Amnesia The Dark Descent, which I have to admit to have bought at another sale but actually only playing a couple of hours. SOMA however is just my cup of tea with the perfect blend of mystery, horror and science fiction. Love it.
Phew, I’ve been so sick for the last couple of days. Luckily I’m starting to feel a bit better again so I’m doing some work in the studio. I have a handful of unfinished ideas but nothing definite yet. Still lacking a couple of tracks. Maybe I should start looking for a label interested in releasing my next album. Some outside interest in this project could possibly get the creative juices flowing again..
Looking around my studio I realize I’m probably a bit of a Roland fanboy. Or not, really. Over the years I’ve just naturally gravitated towards the sounds I like the best. It’s not so much about what company actually made the hardware.
Anyway, tomorrow is 909 day and Roland will officially present some new exciting products. We’ve already seen the leaked pictures of a Boutique version of the TR-909 drum machine and TB-303 bassline. Personally I’m hoping for a even smaller version of the TR-808. Let’s see what they have in store for us.
The thing about promoting your music online is, you have to do it more or less constantly, through Facebook, Twitter, Youtube channels.. whatever.. Now it has been a while since I added something to my Soundcloud page which means the interest has more or less died down. So.. 12 listeners today. Yay! Maybe I should do something about that, but right now I’m a bit sick and just too tired. Maybe tomorrow.